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Shemot (Exodus) 20:1-7

Updated on April 25, 2018

Yom Shlishi sameach!! Happy Third Day!!

I am an author, and, let me tell you, I know what Writer’s Block looks like, and it’s not a good thing. When I set myself to work for no less than one hour on a piece of written (typed) literature, and I stare at the same blank computer screen for a whole hour, I feel like a failure, like I’ve missed my mark, like I wasted my time and my energy. It’s not a good thing. Let me ask you; is this how you see yourself when you look in the mirror? Like a failure? Like you’ve missed the mark? Like you are wasted time and wasted energy?

Now, let me tell you what I’ve learned about Writer’s Block. It makes me step away from the computer because that’s what I’m setting up as a god in that moment. When the same thing happens for any of us when looking in the mirror, step away, do not set yourself up as your own god.

Shemot (Exodus) 20:1-7

“And Elohim spoke all these Words,

‘I am YeHoVaH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitzrayim, out of the house of slavery.

You have no other mighty ones against My face.

You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,

you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YeHoVaH your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

but showing loving-commitment to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commandments.

You do not bring the Name of YeHoVaH your Elohim to naught, for YeHoVaH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught.’” (TS2009)

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I weep for Sallisaw. I weep for Oklahoma. I weep for The United States of America. I weep for Planet Earth. I weep because people cannot see beyond themselves, beyond what they choose to worship as the ba-elim (gods) in their lives. I weep because there is no true praise to YeHoVaH. We, human beings, have taken the worship of YeHoVaH from His way or worship to our own way of worship, and in so doing, we have set for ourselves a myriad of new ba-elim to worship.

Tehillim (Psalms) 117:1-2--”Praise YeHoVaH, all you nations! Extol Him, all you peoples! For His loving-commitment is mighty over us, and the truth of YeHoVaH is everlasting. Praise YAH!”

Human experience is a glorious experience; but, it is not to our credit that we were found when we were lost, or that we can see when before we were blind.

Going back to Sallisaw, Oklahoma, The United States of America, Planet Earth … people are sad all over the place. People are hard pressed and crushed, perplexed and in despair, persecuted and forsaken, and thrown down and destroyed because people are used instead of love, because people have chosen to love things and use people instead of loving people and using things. Because people have chosen to make their money, their homes, their cars, their spouses, their children, their jobs their ba-elim instead of worship the one true YAH, YeHoVaH who brought us out of our suffering, cleared the way for us to cross over the troubled waters, went before us in the dry places, and gave to us the riches of His glory in Heaven.

Shema Yisra'EL

Shema Yisra’EL, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad.

Baruch shem kevod malkhuto le-olam va’ed.

Here, O Yisra’EL, Adonai Eloheinu is one Adonai.

Blessed be His Name, whose glorious Kingdom is forever and ever.

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